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FC: Mali


6 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions.

Grade: 5th Grade

Weeks: 1.5

Pages: 54

Standards: 5.1 - 5.7, 5.11, 5.11a, 5.11b, 5.11c, 5.11d

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC522


The Mali Empire was an empire in West Africa from approximately 1230 to 1600 CE. The wealth of the empire’s rulers, especially Mansa Musa I, became renowned. The Mali Empire had numerous profound cultural effects on West Africa, allowing its language, laws, and customs to spread along the Niger River. It spanned a vast region and comprised numerous vassal kingdoms and provinces.

6 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions.

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include?

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned with the standards and frameworks
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned with the new LDOE field test
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 5.11 Describe the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of Medieval West African Kingdoms.
  • 5.11a Identify and locate the geographic features of West Africa, including the Atlantic Ocean, Niger River, Djenne, the Sahara, Gulf of Guinea, and Timbuktu.
  • 5.11b Describe the growth of the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, including cities such as Djenne and Timbuktu as centers of trade, culture, and learning.
  • 5.11c Describe the role of the Trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and in the exchange of salt, gold, and enslaved people.
  • 5.11d Explain the importance of the Malian king Mansa Musa and his pilgrimage to Mecca.

Framing Question

What made Mali one of the richest kingdoms in history?

Supporting Questions

  1. Why was Mali able to become wealthy due to its geography?
  2. How did Mali use trade to become wealthy?
  3. Why might legendary stories have developed around Sundiata?
  4. What was remarkable about Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage to Mecca?
  5. What were the effects of trade and the spread of religion on the culture of the Mali empire?




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